Friday, December 4, 2020

Alternative medicine in food- Shallots

 Alternative medicine in food- Shallots

Shallots belong to the lily family (Liliacae) where onion, garlic and leek are present. It is classified as Allium cepa var. aggregatum. Shallots are smaller and sweeter than onion and, like garlic, its bulb is divided into several sections. It is digested better than onion when eaten raw. The bulbs are plucked from the ground and the leaves are allowed to dry. The above ground vegetables known as chives are used as salads and also for cooking. Shallots are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, dietary fiber, and folate. It also contains calcium, iron and has a high protein quality.

There have been many researches and studies on the use of shallots for health conditions. Different analyzes and studies have found that shallots contain two sets of compounds: sulfur compounds, such as allyl propyl disulfide (APDS) and flavonoids, such as quercetin. Consumption of flavonoids has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes as they are anticancer, antibacterial, antiviral, antiallergic, and anti-inflammatory.

Shallots have six times more phenolic content than onions. Shallots help the liver to remove toxins from the body and have saponins to inhibit and kill cancer cells.

Shallots produce an anticoagulant that thins the blood and exhibits strong antiplatelet activity and is very good for patients who have symptomatic atherosclerotic disease, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. It helps brain function and therefore protects against Alzheimer's disease. Shallots can lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes by preventing the breakdown of insulin and increasing glucose metabolism. Eating shallots on a daily basis helps the growth of bone tissue and reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis by 20%.. The sulfur content in shallots makes the skin look younger. Eating a little shallot daily will benefit you in the long run. Shallots can be eaten raw or cooked until tender.

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Dr. Sunil Kumar is the Public Relations Director & Writer for Holistic Junctions -- Your source of information for Holistic Practitioners; Complementary Medicine Practitioners, Complementary Medicine Schools, and Massage Therapy Schools; Insightful Literature and so much more!


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